36 vil­lages out of Pan­vel civic cor­po­ra­tion

RES­I­DENTS UP­SET Govt’s de­ci­sion to not in­clude NAINA in the new cor­po­ra­tion means the ban on any con­struc­tion in the area will con­tinue

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Res­i­dents of 36 vil­lages of Pan­vel taluka are up­set as they have been ex­cluded from the pro­posed Pan­vel mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion (PMC).

On Wed­nes­day, the gov­ern­ment, in an af­fi­davit to the high court, said that 32 vil­lages of the taluka will be in­cluded in the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion. The 36 vil­lages which have been left out fall un­der Navi Mumbai Air­port In­flu­ence No­ti­fied Area (NAINA), where there is a ban on any con­struc­tion in the area.

The vil­lagers had been hop­ing that their in­clu­sion in the PMC would al­low con­struc­tion ac­tiv­ity in the re­gion.

The gov­ern­ment had ini­tially in­cluded them in the pro­posed PMC. How­ever, on Wed­nes­day while an­nounc­ing the fi­nal de­ci­sion, th­ese vil­lages were ex­cluded.

Ganesh Mha­tre, a res­i­dent of one of the vil­lages, said: “First, we were in­cluded in the pro­posed PMC with­out be­ing asked. Now we have been thrown out with­out be­ing told. There is a lot of anger in the re­gion against the de­ci­sion.”

Mha­tre said, “With no clear pol­icy yet on NAINA, there are very tough rules and reg­u­la­tions for any con­struc­tion ac­tiv­ity in the re­gion.”

He added, “Cidco has pro­posed that farm­ers pool to­gether their land to de­velop the area. We have to give Cidco 40% of our land and de­vel­op­ment charges for ba­sic ser­vices. A lot of farm­ers are op­posed to the pro­posal. Any de­vel­op­ment here has been stuck for the past two years.”

Mha­tre said that the gov­ern­ment’s dilly-dal­ly­ing stand on NAINA has led to re­duc­tion in the num­ber of de­vel­op­ers show­ing in­ter­est in the re­gion. “Be­sides, all new con­struc­tions are be­ing termed il­le­gal since NAINA was an­nounced,” he added.

Mangesh Patil, an­other vil­lager, said: “Six months ago, when the PMC was pro­posed, we hoped that our re­gion will fi­nally see de­vel­op­ment.”

He added, “We ex­pected PMC to de­velop our land as con­struc­tion ac­tiv­ity would be al­lowed. How­ever, the state gov­ern­ment’s af­fi­davit in the high court declar­ing that NAINA vil­lages will be ex­cluded has dashed our hopes.”

For­mer mem­ber of leg­isla­tive assem­bly Vivek Patil of Peas­ants and Work­ers Party (PWP) that the gov­ern­ment is anti-farmer. “The lo­cal farm­ers and PWP has al­ways op­posed NAINA. The gov­ern­ment is yet to state its pol­icy on NAINA,” he said.

Patil said the PWP will soon meet the chief min­is­ter to en­sure that the vil­lages are in­cluded in Pan­vel mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion.

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